Important Dates – Recitals, Performances, Summer Camp

·      March 12 at Olin Hall – Midterm Recitals

·      March 12 – Bard Music Camp Early Bird Registration Deadline – Bard Prep Students Registered by March 12 Receive $25 off!

·      March 13 at 3 pm – Classics on Hudson Presents Bard Prep Faculty/Student Concert at the Hudson Opera House

·      April 16 in Blum Hall – Student Composition Recitals


Recitals take place during Musicianship Class times

Musicianship Students of:


Shawn Jaeger (including private Composition students)

Ryan Kamm

David Temple (including private Composition students)


·      April 30 at Olin Hall – Final Student Recitals (time tbd)


Students of:

Lucy Dhegrae, voice

Renana Gutman, piano

Celine Mogielnicki, voice and vocal ensembles

Amy Palomo, voice

Susanne Son, piano

David Temple, guitar

Cynthia Tobey, piano


·      May 7 at 11 am – Bito Conservatory Performance Space – Ethan Richman Graduation Recital

·      May 7 at 12 pm – Bito Conservatory Performance Space – Nina Sanders Merit Scholarship Recital featuring Composer Aleksandra Ratnikova

·      May 7 at Bito Conservatory Performance Space – Final Student Recitals (times tbd)


Students of:

Helena Baillie, violin

Ryan Kamm, double bass & string ensemble

Sean Katsuyama, cello

Jaram Kim, violin & violin ensemble

Luba Poliak, piano

Hiroko Sasaki, piano & chamber music

Shar Shuai, Chinese Language

Megan Shumate, clarinet & saxophone

Anna Stoytcheva, piano

Amy Travis, voice & chorus


·      June 1 – Bard Music Camp Registration Deadline

·      July 11-23 – Bard Music Camp!

Bake Sale – Off to a Great Start!

With a total of $420 The Bake Sale is off to a great start and we are well on our way to the goal of $6,000 for the Spring Semester!  Thank You to all of our bakers and helpers!

Spring Semester Total:  $420              To Reach Our Goal:  $5,580

January 30:  $420

We need LOTS OF HELP!   Please consider bringing in a dish or baked goods and/or signing up for a table shift.  Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated!

Please sign up HERE


Upcoming Faculty Performances – David T, Luba, Helena, Shawn, Anna

DAVID TEMPLE – Prep Guitar Faculty

  • Saturday, February 6 at 7:30 pm:  Cornell St. Studios, Kingston, NY

David Temple Performs Works from South, Central, and North America

Tickets purchased in advance are $20, or admission at the door is $25.  The address is 168 Cornell St., Kingston, NY.  Contact Cornell St. Studios at (845) 594-4428.

LUBA POLIAK – Prep Piano Faculty

                • Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 5 pm:  A recital with cellist Tomoko Fujita, featuring Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne, Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel Im Spiegel, and Shostakovich’s Sonata for cello and piano.

Christ Episcopal Church, 64 South Country Road Bellport, NY, 11713 United States

  • March 13 at 5 pm:  with violinist Marti Sweet
    Nicholas Roerich Museum, NYC:  For More Information

    Admission is free, but donations are welcome. For more information, call 212-864-7752.

      • Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 5 pm:  A recital featuring Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne, Poulenc’s Sonata for Cello and Piano, Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel Im Spiegel, and Shostakovich’s Sonata for Cello and Piano.

Nicholas Roerich Museum, NYC:  For More Information

Admission is free, but donations are welcome. For more information, call 212-864-7752.

  • May 22 at 6:30 pm:  solo faculty recital at Lawrence Memorial Chapel – Lawrence University (Wisconsin)

HELENA BAILLIE –  Prep Violin Faculty

Saturday February 13 at 7 pm:  Classics on Hudson at the Hudson Opera House

Folktales and Myths: Travels through Hungary and Beyond
Iva Bittova | Violin and Vocals
Helena Baillie | Violin
Bard String Quartet
Saturday, February 13 at 7pm │ $35, includes a post-performance champagne reception with the artists

SHAWN JAEGER – Prep Composition Faculty

Periapsis Music and Dance: Portrait Project
premiere of a new work for solo bass clarinet and dancer
Thursday, February 18 & Friday, February 19, 2016

• Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet, 29 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11201
Wilderness of Woe: The Music of Shawn Jaeger
a portrait concert of my music, including the premiere of a new work-in-progress for chamber orchestra, as well as a new piece for solo baritone saxophone

Thursday, May 26, 2016
• Roulette, 503 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 11217


Bulgarian Concert Evenings Series – Click Here for More Information

                • Wednesday, February 24th , 2016 at 7:00PM, Bulgarian Consulate General, NYC

American Chamber Players Series – Click Here for More Information

          • Saturday, April 2nd, 2016, 7:30PM, Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, NE
          • Sunday, April 3rd, 2016, 3:00pm, Vesper Concerts, Omaha, NE
          • Friday, April 15th, 2016, 8:00pm, Charlotte Concerts, NC
          • Monday, April 18th, 2016 at 8:00pm, Converse College, Spartanburg, NC

Bard Prep Informational Links – Prep Faculty Video links, Practice Buddies, Babysitters and Tutors, Classics on Hudson, Catskill Jazz Factory

BARD PREP FACULTY IN ACTION!  Here are some great links to performances, lessons, and cd’s from our teachers so you can see and hear them in action.


TUTOR/BABYSITTER LIST – Please Submit Names and Suggestions if you have them! –    NEW – BABYSITTER POSTING






Bard Prep Reboot – Classes and Lessons start this Saturday, January 30

While the Hudson Valley enjoyed a nice sunny winter’s day on January 23rd, the Bard Prep faculty was hunkered down in NYC for the blizzard of the millennium.  After spending the last 5 days digging out our cars we are ready for another attempt to start the Spring semester!

We look forward to seeing everyone at Bard Prep for the first day of classes and lessons on January 30th!

Please Note:  The May 14th Snow Date will now be in effect.  The recital dates (March 12, April 30, May 7) will remain unchanged.


Welcome Back! Bard Prep starts January 23rd. A reminder about inclement weather policy.

Welcome back.  We hope everyone had a wonderful winter break and we look forward to seeing students and parents soon.  All Saturday classes and lessons begin this Saturday, January 23rd (weather permitting – see below).  Tuesday students have received confirmation about their schedules.  Please let us know if you have any questions.

Saturday’s weather might be a problem.  Here is a reminder about the Inclement Weather Cancellation/Make Up Policy – PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL ON SATURDAY MORNING:

In the event of inclement weather, classes may be delayed or canceled. The Bard Preparatory Division will provide as much notice as possible if this is the case. Due to the number of students in the program and the limited administrative staff, students will be notified via email no later than 7 am on the date of the classes in question. The information will also be posted on the Bard Prep website – In the event that you are unable to check email, or if you have any question as to whether classes will take place as scheduled, please contact:

Ryan Kamm – (615) 498 4996 or Susanne Son – (646) 456 8795

Each semester has one or more designated Snow Dates. If classes and lessons are canceled on any regularly scheduled Prep date during the semester, the Snow Date(s) will automatically be used to make up those classes and lessons.

Happy Holidays!

Thank you to our students, parents, and teachers for all of your hard work and dedication to music education this semester.  We hope everyone has a joyous holiday break (while continuing to practice regularly of course!) and we look forward to seeing you back at Bard Prep on January 23rd.

Best Wishes,

Ryan, Susanne, Debbie and the Bard Prep Faculty!



Bake Sale – Record Smashed, Thank You for a great semester!

Thank you for an amazing semester at the Bard Prep Bake Sale!  Thanks to all of the dedicated bakers, table helpers, and hungry families we surpassed the previous semester total by nearly $1000.

Previous Semester Record – $4,270          

NEW SEMESTER RECORD – FALL 2015 – $5,231!!

Thank You!


Fall Treats for Scholarships Total:  $5,231!

December 19 – $450!!!

December 12 – $425

December 5 – $405

November 21 – $433

November 14 – $293

November 7 – $395

October 31 – $361

October 24 – $423

October 17 – $364

October 3 – $356

September 26 – $478

September 19 – $448

September 12 – $400


Last Week of the Semester and Final Recitals this Week

December 19th is the final day of the Fall Semester for Bard Prep.  Thank you for a great semester!

The Final Recitals of the semester will take place at 2:15 pm , 3:15 pm, and 4:30 pm in the Bito Building Conservatory Performance Space (CPS).  All classes and lessons will take place on a normal schedule (unless you have been specifically notified otherwise).  Performing students have received an email with details.  Please let us know if you have any questions.  We look forward to hearing the students on Saturday!